Afghan evacuation is a failure within a tragedy
In the midst of one of the most tragic and unnecessary foreign policy disasters in American history, the Biden administration is “bragging” about the number of people who are being airlifted out of the new Taliban terrorist nation. Certainly, it is a credit to the hardworking folks on the small ground at the Kabul airport. They are doing the best they can in view of the impossible task given to them by President Biden.
In the past week or so, the White House brags about the 70,000 people removed from Afghanistan since August 13. By the time you read this there will likely be a few thousand more. If you accept the White House count, that is an average of approximately 6,700 people per day. At the peak, the White House boasted about taking out 19,000 people in 24 hours.
Hmmmmm. The Atlanta, Georgia airport processes 300,000 people PER DAY. It is obvious that the United States had not deployed sufficient resources – human and equipment – to accomplish the alleged mission of the White House – the evacuation of EVERY American wanting to leave and EVERY individual and family of those who worked with America.
Biden knows that there will be thousands left behind despite his empty promises. Undoubtedly, he will claim a victory of sorts on August 31st, when the last American soldier will board the last military plane – completing the surrender of America to the Taliban.
Biden repeatedly stated that he would consider extending the departure deadline if the job was not completed. But, when the Taliban said no to any extension. And what did Biden do? He folded … again – making it sound as if his goals will be met by August 31st.
Biden must surely know that it is impossible to get out every American and even a majority of the Afghans who worked with American troops. He will withdraw the troops and leave behind tens of thousands of endangered Afghans – and an unknown number of Americans who could not get to Kabul, including men, women and children.
The Biden administration claims they have no idea how many Americans were in Afghanistan at the time he pulled the plug. That say it is because some Americans may not have registered with the U.S. embassy when they arrived or informed the embassy when the left.
Sounds good, but they damn well know which Americans are stranded in Afghanistan based on the visas. When a person goes to a foreign nation, they obtain a visa that is stamped upon their arrival in that nation. Their passport is also tracked when they depart. If the American State Department cannot know the number in Afghanistan, they are either incompetent or lying.
There is another lie in the Biden playbook. It is about vetting. There is no way in hell that all the Afghans travelling out of Kabul can be fully vetted. Many of the records are no longer accessible. Even many of our most loyal Afghan partners will not have adequate paperwork.
As a person in favor of taking in refugees legally – and a proponent of proper vetting WHERE POSSIBLE – I to believe that we will have to deal with ALL those we evacuated as if they are legitimate or not – including those who will eventually arrive in the United States. We must do the best vetting we can given the situation Biden created for America.
Make no mistake about it. The decision to pull out in this way was an unmitigated disaster. It created the ongoing tragedy at Kabul airport – and a tragedy that will be seen in every part of Afghanistan for months and years to come. Yielding to the Taliban at every turn – even as the United States was supposed to be in serious and constant negotiations – has resulted in a failed recuse mission of unimaginable proportions.
We can be thankful for those we saved, but ever mindful of those we left behind. Biden’s Americas does not keep its promises. Keep in mind Biden’s words. The Taliban will not take over Afghanistan. The Taliban will allow people to leave. America will leave nobody behind. Biden assured us that the Taliban would engage in no retribution against those who fought with the allies. We will stay beyond August 31st if that is what it requires to rescue Americans and our friends.
America has not only been defeated in yet another war, but the nation has now been humiliated. America has lost both moral authority and military leadership across the globe. Because of Biden’s inept decision, America has lost the trust of allies. America has emboldened its enemies. August 31st will be a day of infamy for the United States. Thanks Joe.
So, there ‘tis.